On Jan. 7, 2004, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced its 2003 awards, which will be handed out Jan. 26 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles. Comic book-inspired indie AMERICAN SPLENDOR received top honors as Best Picture of the Year. As well, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were awarded Best Screenplay for the film they also directed. In animation, TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE garnered Best Animation, in addition to Best Music/ Score for Benoit Charest and Mathieu Chedid.
Academy Award-winning director James Cameron will present the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) to George Lucas at the 2004 VES Awards ceremony.
Cameron, acclaimed director of such visual effects powerhouses as TITANIC, ALIENS, THE ABYSS and the first two films of the TERMINATOR trilogy, will be a featured presenter at the second annual VES awards event which will be held at the Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 18, 2004.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to award Douglas Greenfield the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. The medal will be presented during the Scientific and Technical Awards dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Feb. 14, 2004.
Greenfield will receive the Bonner Medal for his longstanding support of and service to the Academy and the motion picture industry.
Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING) appears to be the leading contender among the five DGA nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2003. The other nominees, announced by Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted, are: Sophia Coppola (LOST IN TRANSLATION), Clint Eastwood (MYSTIC RIVER), Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT) and Peter Weir (MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD).
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 2003 Annie Awards, which will be held Feb. 7, 2004 in Glendale, California. Leading the features was FINDING NEMO with 12 nods, followed by BROTHER BEAR with eight. International sensations MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home four and three nominations respectively.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 76th Academy Awards. Included on the list is FINDING NEMO, which features the work of Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) of Skywalker Sound. Rydstrom has worked on all the previous Disney/Pixar features. An animated feature has never won in this category.
The other six films in consideration are:KILL BILL: VOL. 1
Epic Games and Digital Extremes, co-creators of the award-winning Unreal game franchise, along with NVIDIA Corp., Atari Inc., AMD and Alias, announced the first-round winners of the $1M NVIDIA Make Something Unreal mod-making contest (www.makesomethingunreal.com).
Noodlesoup Prods. was amongst the happy winners at the first annual Cineme 2003, garnering Best Animated Television Series Award for its THE VENTURE BROTHERS, produced for the Cartoon Network. During Nov. 6-9, Cineme, Chicagos First International Animation Film Festival, showcased the best of animated cinema from around the world, attracting animation professionals from all genres, including notable giants from the software, hardware and entertainment industries.
Nomination ballots for the 76th Academy Awards were mailed Dec. 29, 2003 to the 5,803 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5:00 pm, Jan. 17, 2004.
All nomination and final award ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers under the direction of partners Greg Garrison and Rick Rosas, who ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy.
Peter D. Parks, one of the industry's foremost microphotographers, has been voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Oscar statuette will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Feb. 14, 2004 at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
ASIFA-Hollywood has released the full list of juried award winners for the 2004 Annie Awards. In addition to Gene Deitch who we reported on Dec. 16, 2003 would receive the Winsor McCay Award, the other winners include Walt Disney designer John Hench and Tony the Tiger voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft.
The 61st annual Golden Globe nominations were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press on December 18, 2003. Leading the pack in film nods was COLD MOUNTAIN with eight. For TV, HBO received 20 nods, riding the success of ANGELS IN AMERICA and SEX AND THE CITY.
The Independent Games Festival has announced the finalists in the sixth annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Competition, which will exhibit their games the Game Developers Conference March 24-26, 2004 in San Jose, California. Selected by a panel of game industry professionals, game development teams will compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes, double the payout from previous years.
The 10 games selected for the "Open" category are (in alphabetical order):ACMI by Selectparks (Richmond, Victoria, Australia)
The board of directors of ASIFA-Hollywood has selected Gene Deitch to be one of the recipients of its prestigious Winsor McCay Award. Each year a Winsor McCay Award is awarded to a maximum of three individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching or for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.
The Library of Congress has added 22 new films to the National Film Registry, which includes two animated shorts. The Looney Tunes classic ONE FROGGY NIGHT joins other Warner classics WHATS OPERA, DOC?, PORKY IN WACKYLAND and DUCK AMUCK. In addition, Pixars 1988 short TIN TOY also made the list. The registry, established by Congress in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, now contains 375 films. For more information or to find a complete list of films in the registry, visit http://www.loc.gov/film.
FINDING NEMO, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE and LORDS OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING have started racking up various awards from film critics societies across the U.S. Following up its prize for best animated feature from the National Board of Review, NEMO nabbed a spot on the AFI Top Ten List for 2003. In addition, the fish tale took home the best animated feature prize from the New York Film Critics Online.
Disney/Pixars FINDING NEMO, which helped propel Disneys record-breaking box office fortunes this year, earned kudos from the National Board of Review as best animated feature. The 95-year-old board, which is based in New York, is comprised of film professionals, educators, historians and students. Awards will be handed out Jan. 13 in New York.
FINDING NEMO took home three prizes at the 2003 DVD Exclusive Awards, held Dec. 2 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Six hundred academy members, who are filmmakers and TV and DVD producers, judge the outstanding releases of the year.
The Buena Vista Home Entertainment release of the record-breaking Disney/Pixar animated feature won for menu design; games and interactives; and deleted scenes, outtakes and bloopers.
Dec. 5, 2003 is the deadline to enter daytime programming for 2003-2004 Daytime Emmy Awards consideration, as well as to register to vote in the awards contest and to join the academy in order to vote in the daytime competition. Entry forms and membership applications are available at www.emmyonline.org or call (212) 586-8426. Applications must be received at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences headquarters in New York City for the daytime awards. Members of ATAS in N. Hollywood maybe be eligible to vote in the daytime contest, but must register with NATAS in New York.
On Dec. 3, 2003, the nominations for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced with the French animated feature TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE taking in a nomination for Best Foreign Film. Bringing home five nods was AMERICAN SPLENDOR, based on the life of independent comic writer Harvey Pekar. The film garnered nominations for Best Feature, Best Director (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini), Best Screenplay (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini), Best Male Lead (Paul Giamatti) and Best Supporting Male (Judah Friedlander).
Spike TV has named the 16 finalists in wide-ranging awards categories for the network's first annual "Video Game Awards" (VGAs), hosted by actor/comedian David Spade from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing 9-11:00 pm on Dec. 4, 2003. The all-mens channel promises to deliver a non-traditional awards show without podiums, presenters and acceptance speeches.The show will unfold in a futuristic setting that's part "next-century Tokyo" and part "Minority Report" that will seamlessly blend real and animated worlds into a dynamic awards show presentation
The winners for the 2003 British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with the LEGO Co. were announced on Nov. 30, 2003. THE BOB THE BUILDER SPECIAL: A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER took home the prize for Best Animation. The special was produced by HOT Animation, HIT Ent. and the BBC and features music by Sir Elton John.
Finalists in the nine of 12 categories of competition for the Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) Awards have been announced. Winners in each category will be announced at the AEAF Awards presentation, Dec. 9, 2003 at 7:00 pm. AEAF will be held at the Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbor from December 7-10.
All finalists entries will be screened during the Awards ceremony in an evening of animation and vfx entertainment